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J. E. Hixson & Sons

3001 Ryan Street, Lake Charles, LA

OBITUARY

Helen Sue Jones

September 25, 1925March 24, 2020

Sue Jones was born in Welsh, Louisiana in 1925 to Lloyd and Katherine Johnson. In high-school, under the coaching of her father, Lloyd Johnson, she was a three-time Louisiana state tennis champ, claiming first place in three categories- singles, doubles, and mixed doubles- all in the same year.

She had three professions in her lifetime. First, during World War II, soon after she became 18, she worked as a riveter on the wing-section for B24 bombers at Ford Motor Co. plant near Detroit, Michigan- donning work clothes like Rosie the Riveter pictures. She worked 9 hours a day, 6 days a week and was proud of her contribution to the war effort.

After being in Michigan for less than a year, jobs became available at the petrochemical plants back home. She got a job in Lake Charles at Cities Service at the chemical lab testing viscosities- her second profession. She called herself the "viscosity queen". She met her husband through a friend in the lab who arranged a crabbing outing for the two to meet.

Her third and longest profession (27 years) was a teacher. She taught second grade for many years at Central, Hamilton Elementary, and Fairview Elementary- all in Lake Charles. She was much beloved by her students.

She was also an excellent cook as well as a good seamstress-sewing dresses for both young daughters. She always had a real love of gardening with a small garden on the side of the family's first house and then more expansive gardens with more variety at the second home.

Her role in later life evolved in that of care-giver in providing care for her mother-in-law, her mother, father and husband- all that spanning a 20+ year period.

She was very generous, supporting many causes. After retirement, she gave generously of her time by volunteering at Memorial Hospital as a Pink Lady.

The family is grateful to the staff at Villa Maria, Brookdale and Heart of Hospice for their care and attention to her in her later years of dementia.

Love of family marked her essence. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert F. Jones; father, Lloyd Johnson; mother, Katherine Johnson; sister Virginia Holiday; and brother, Lloyd Johnson, Jr.

Those left to cherish her memories of her include daughters; Karen Boudier, Cheryl LeBlanc and husband Dr. Richard LeBlanc, grandchildren; Lisa Hindmon and husband Josh Hindmon, Cindy Chava and husband Dr. Pavan Chava and Richard LeBlanc Jr. PhD and wife Lindsay; great grandchildren, Matt, Nathan Hindman, Millie Chava, and Charles LeBlanc.

In lieu of flowers the family request memorial donations be made to the First Methodist Church in Lake Charles or to the Literacy counsel of S.W.L.A.

Helen will be laid to rest at Prien Memorial Gardens. We invite to sign the digital register book, share favorite memories or sentiments of condolences at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Robert F Jones, Husband (deceased)
  • Lloyd Johnson (Katherine Jones), Father (deceased)
  • Virginia Holiday, Sister (deceased)
  • Lloyd Johnson Jr., Brother (deceased)
  • Karen Boudier, Daughter
  • Cheryl LeBlanc (Dr. Richard LeBlanc), Daughter
  • Lisa Hindmon (Josh Hindmon), Granddaughter
  • Cindy Chava (Dr. Pavan Chava), Granddaughter
  • Richard LeBlanc, Jr. PhD (Lindsay LeBlanc), Grandson

Memories

Helen Sue Jones

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Ida Aucoin

March 27, 2020

I loved your Mom. She was a good friend and a great neighbor. Sorry for your loss.
Ida Aucoin

Robbie and Kathy Boyd

March 27, 2020

Cheryl and Richard,
We are so sorry for your loss.
Y’all are in our thoughts and prayers.
Love Robbie and Kathy Boyd

Tammy Matassa Leviner

March 27, 2020

To the family of Mrs. Jones. I was a student of your mom's at Hamilton in 1966. She was a great teacher but more importantly a compassionate one. It's no wonder she accomplished all that she did throughout her life. I'm sorry for yall's loss but know she is in a far better
place.

Ellen Harless

March 27, 2020

Cheryl and Karen, Randy and I are so sorry for the loss of your precious mother. We will be praying for you and your family during this difficult time. Ellen and Randy Harless

Susan and Darrell Morris

March 26, 2020

Cheryl & Karen,
We were so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. Seems like yesterday when I would see her standing her post near her door at Hamilton. She always smiled & told all the students “hello,” regardless of whether or not they were in her class.
I did not know she’d had 3 careers. She was truly a Renaissance woman— way ahead of her time! Women like her were pioneers who paved the way for women of today. What a treasure!!
And I also think of her love of Kentucky every year at Derby time. Even though the horses won’t be running at Churchill Downs in May this year, I’ll still make a Mint Julep and offer a toast in her honor.
Please pass our condolences to your family. Darrell & I will keep you all in our prayers at this difficult time. Susan & Darrell Morris

Sharon Miller

March 26, 2020

Lloyd and I are so sorry to hear of the death of our dear friend Sue. We were neighbors on 8th Street in the early 70’s and remained friends for all these years. We have such fond memories of Bob and Sue.
Praying for all of you.
Lloyd and Sharon Miller

Pat & Robert Welborn

March 26, 2020

We are very sorry for the loss of your Mother. She was a very special Lady.

phillip aucoin

March 26, 2020

Karen, I'm very sad for the loss of your Mother. I pray that God will give you the strength to get through this sad time. Your Mother and mine(Ida) were good friends for many years. The same with your Dad and mine(Raymond). May God bless you and all of your family.
Through Christ, Phillip Aucoin.

Paula Stebbins

March 26, 2020

Cheryl and Richard, I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I remember your mom as a very sweet and kind lady. I know she will be missed.

Julie Steiner

March 26, 2020

Cheryl , I was saddened to find out about the loss of your mother.
My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family at this time.
With a hug from the heart- Julie Steiner

FROM THE FAMILY